The United States Education System

1687 Words Mar 16th, 2015 7 Pages
The United States education system is currently ranked 17th worldwide (“Global Grade”). According to the dictionary, education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. In a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, adults in the United States scored way below average, and better than only two of the twelve countries it was being compared to (“Why Other Countries Teach Better”). Does the United States really want to be average or below with a skimpy ranking in a subject of such importance? The United States is the superpower leading the world in many ways such as in military or political power, but European and Asian countries are succeeding us in the academic world. Education is the basis of most things in life and one of the most powerful tools a person can obtain, so the United States lacking in it will eventually be detrimental and allow other countries like China to pull ahead in the race to be the best. Americans are competing with more qualified and better educated people from around the world for jobs and success, but it is not their fault they were not properly prepared. Although the United States education system does have its perks, there are many problems that need to be resolved immediately, like the manner in which schools are conducted and the distribution of funding.…
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